With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.
From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Orange is the New Black offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, why it is we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they're there.
©2010 Piper Kerman (P)2012 Tantor
"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)
Listening on the way to work and back, enjoy inspirational and intriguing books - biographies that inspire and books that make me think.
I would certainly hope that I never have to experience firsthand what it would be like to be in a woman's prison but I certainly have a lot more empathy for those who have that experience. Far too many and to what end. This book makes me want to get on the bandwagon for prison reform.... I also felt like I was right in there with them.
Kermin's cry for reform to end our recurring, growing & recidivist prison social class should serve as a
Warning for our future. Without serious and capable reformed pre-release programs across the board.
Thank you Piper.
Excellent narrator. Liked the variation in accents bring the characters to life.
The story gives a nice insight into this unique experience, but the story lacks a dramatic arc as it was an easy ride considering the possibilities.
Loved the narration. Made the characters come to life! And interesting to see inside of a min sec prison. And fun to figure out which characters in the book were what characters on the show.
I would add more to the ending. While I understand why it ended the way it did, it left us hanging.
Most interesting were the cast of characters she met in prison.
The narration was good.
It is worth the listening time. While it wasn't my favorite book, it is worth the listen.
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